Doctor Who 120 – The Savages Part 2

Written by Ian Stuart Black
Directed by Christopher Barry

Dodo discovers the dark secret to The City’s progress, a secret that The Doctor is quick to condemn . . . to his peril.

Not a lot of compelling images in this one.

As suspected in the previous episode, we learn in part 2 that the scientific progress in The City, especially the health and well-being of the inhabitants, are the result of transference of life energy from the savages to those who live in The City.  Dodo stumbles upon the laboratory where all this occurs.  Her curiosity confirms what The Doctor suspected.  Feigning the need to return to The TARDIS, The Doctor, Dodo, and Steven leave The City and consult in the forest.  It is there they discover a savage who had been recently-drained.  The Doctor sends Steven and Dodo for medicine, and while they are gone, he is found by one of the City guards and makes his feelings on the matter quite clear.  The Doctor is captured and sentenced to transference.

Meanwhile, Steven and Dodo discover that The Doctor is missing.  They help the savage who then vouches for them when his people arrive.  Our party is now split up in typical Hartnell Era fashion, The Doctor in The City, Steven and Dodo with the savages.

The Doctor is quick to denounce Jano and the experiments.  Honestly, as a character The Doctor has come a long way since we first met him.  He has started to take moral stands against injustice, something that he would shy away from in the past.  He is now a character who would denounce his previous actions.  And unlike more recent incarnations of The Doctor, The First Doctor seems to have no concern or guilt over his past.  Where the Ninth Doctor lived in constant guilt over his actions in the Time War or the Eleventh Doctor would say that “good men don’t have rules.  You don’t want to find out why I have rules”, the First Doctor seems to not spend any further time reflecting on his past instead living constantly in the moment.  And I think this is rather striking because many of the early incarnations seem to live free of guilt.  They don’t even seem to agonize over the deaths of people who die for a cause.  I don’t recall the Fourth Doctor ever lamenting that there should be another way.  No, the early Doctors seem to come from a position of moral authority, and give very little thought to whether or not they were correct.

I’m also starting to think that reviewing reconstructions or audio versions of Doctor Who stories is quite difficult, especially holding to the episodic format.  It is hard for me to focus on the individual parts.

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